obviously reading the reply’s here some haven’t heard of the cross party group that’s been calling for this for over 5 years, so to say it’s all Boris is a bit ignorant but it could be because the article has no references to the campaign and it’s easier to Boris bash rather than say the truth.
It was originally meant to be £100m from businesses £100m from government. It will be interesting to see about the funding. The plan also called for it to be an apprenticeship driven project. The designs would be done using new graduate engineers from a variety of yards and then at a selected yard apprentices would be required to build it (under supervision).
HMT Britannia served the country well as a place for people to do business, entertain foreign VIPs etc and let’s be honest business deals are done on golf courses, pubs, restaurants so if you want to blow the competition out the water what a way to do it and even now it is one of Scotland’s biggest visitor attractions.
If it goes ahead and if it was named the Duke of Edinburgh, I think it would be more a fitting memorial to the Duke to see the apprenticeship build project and also 3months of the year allocated to the ship being used to do duke of Edinburgh award work